Disasters & Accidents

Megan Brezovar; Brian Bull / Green Hill Humane Society; KLCC

After three months’ intervention, animal rescue operations are largely wrapping up at a homestead near Veneta that was previously overrun with cats.  Reporter Brian Bull has this update exclusive to KLCC.

Karen Richards

 

When it comes to near-shore earthquakes and tsunamis, Oregon’s coastal communities have moved beyond awareness and are taking action. As part of our series on Oregon's Natural Resources and Resilence and funded by the UO Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics, we find there are some controversies and complications. 


City of Corvallis/Police Dept.

Benton County made its case to voters to create a taxing district specifically to cover 911 emergency dispatch services.  And voters overwhelmingly approved Measure 20-303 last night, with 61 percent saying “yes”.

ODOT

Last February’s heavy snowstorm disrupted many communities across Lane County, including the city of Oakridge. Thousands of downed trees closed Highway 58 for almost a week.  Residents also coped with power outages and a stuck train.

Recorded On: November 1, 2019

Air Date: November 4, 2019

From the City Club of Eugene:

Severe weather, wildfires, and seismic events often lead the news; no place is free from the risk of natural disaster.  Utility services to homes and businesses—water, electricity, natural gas—are among the most critical factors that determine the amount of damage and the time it takes to recover.  In some cases, the failure of utility infrastructure makes the difference between an unusual event and a disaster.

Melorie Begay/KLCC News

California’s Kincade Fire has burned more than 76,000 acres, causing one of the largest evacuations in that state’s history. Hundreds of volunteers are aiding relief efforts, including 14 Red Cross volunteers from Southern Washington and Oregon. 

Brian Bull/KLCC News

Note: This story will be updated as new developments occur. 

Monday evening, the Eugene Police Department and EWEB responded to a vehicle crash on Willamette Street and 29th Avenue.  The EPD closed off a portion of Willamette Street where the incident occured while the area was cleared, and through the night utility crews worked to restore power for roughly 700 residents.

Oregon Office of Emergency Management

Hundreds of thousands of Oregonians are expected to participate in an annual earthquake drill this Thursday.

Brian Bull / KLCC

For all the talk of disaster preparedness these days, animal welfare advocates are reminding people that the family pet also deserves protection and care in the event of an incident.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Relief agencies and local governments have been urging people more than usual to be well-equipped for any number of catastrophes.  AS KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, it’s all part of National Preparedness Month.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Nearly 70 cats have now been rescued from a beleaguered homestead near Veneta.

Brian Bull / KLCC

The possible threats from a large earthquake, wildfire, or flood drew locals to the City of Eugene’s emergency preparedness fair at the Park Blocks today. 

Chris Lehman / KLCC

Communities around the country and here in Oregon gathered Wednesday on the 18th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks. 

Brian Bull / KLCC

Efforts to help hundreds of cats on a homestead near Veneta just received a big assist from a national organization.

Willamette National Forest

Recent lightning storms have kept fire officials busy throughout the region.

Willamette National Forest

Following Thursday's storms, the Willamette National Forest reports about 40 new lightning-caused fires, all 1 acre or less.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Earlier this month we reported on a homestead outside Veneta that was overrun with hundreds of cats. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, relief volunteers say it could take months to save as many felines as possible.

Brian Bull / KLCC

A handful of people are doing what they can to keep an estimated 300-400 cats properly fed, hydrated, and healthy. Besides medical attention, the animals also need food and water. 

Rachael McDonald / KLCC

Howard Buford Recreation Area, including the Mount Pisgah Arboretum and all surrounding trails, are closed to the public at least through Monday, following a wildfire last week that burned around 50 acres and saw hikers evacuated from the park.

Devon Ashbridge with Lane County says fire crews from the Oregon Department of Forestry – South Cascades continue to work in the park. Officials will be removing all heat and hazards caused by the fire before visitors are allowed to return to the park.

Douglas Forest Protective Association

Fire crews responded to a fire Friday afternoon south of Cottage Grove that was visible from I-5 and resulted in a southbound lane closure at milepost 167.

A broken water main at the intersection of East Broadway and Hilyard Street in Eugene will severely restrict traffic movements at the intersection.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Animal welfare advocates are trying to save hundreds of cats on a rural homestead in Lane County. 

Oregon Department of Forestry / ODF

People are being warned away from the Howard Buford Recreation Area – also known as Mount Pisgah - due to a wildfire that broke out Thursday afternoon.

Bend Fire Department

On Friday afternoon, the Bend Fire Department responded to a report of a car on fire which was parked in a residential driveway.

Inciweb

Updated, Tuesday 6:30 A.M.: the Milepost 97 Fire near Canyonville is 65 percent contained as of Monday evening. It's burned more than 13,000 acres.

Milepost 97 Fire Facebook page

UPDATED 8/5/19, 6:30am: Fire officials report 55% containment.

Original story: The Milepost 97 Fire is now 50% contained. Crews continue to make progress along the fire’s edge, using both air and ground resources.

Alan McGuire-Dale

The Milepost 97 fire near Canyonville, is now 45% contained due to favorable weather conditions and fire crews working around the clock. 

Milepost 97 Fire Facebook page

With hotter, drier weather arriving this weekend, fire crews in Douglas County are making progress on the Milepost 97 fire. The blaze is one mile south of Canyonville.

Douglas Fire Protective Association

The Milepost 97 fire, near Canyonville, has grown to more than 12,588 acres. As of Wednesday morning, it was 25% contained.

Milepost 97 Fire on Facebook

UPDATED 8:30 A.M. Tuesday: the Milepost 97 fire near Canyonville has grown to more than 12,336 acres. As of Tuesday morning, it was 15 percent contained.

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